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Three Bio-Based Innovations Edge Closer to Market With Private–Public Funding

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) A more sustainable farming sector, lower industrial emissions, more efficient biochemical production—National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists and industry partners expect sizable benefits from three new projects to commercialize bioinsecticides, enzymatic carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization, and cell-free biocatalysis. Pulling a combined $750,000 from the U.S. Department

October 21, 2021 Read Full Article

De-risking and Commercializing Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s SAF Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the recent announcement of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s BETO shared this slide guide on their sustainable aviation fuel strategy, featuring BETO Director, Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, and Zia Haq, BETO Senior Analyst. From types of SAF feedstocks to

October 21, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas’ Biomethanation Reactor System to be Used in Maine Dairy Digester

(SoCalGas) The reactor is part of a $5 million project funded by the Department of Energy  — SoCalGas’ biomethanation reactor system will be used to help produce renewable energy as part of a power-to-gas demonstration. This system will be installed at an anaerobic digester facility in Clinton, Maine in early 2023.

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Better Fuels & Better Vehicles: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released slide guide looks at the Co-optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative’s accomplishments, what might come next for internal combustion engine research in a rapidly changing world, factoring in increased vehicle electrification and a pressing need to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation,

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Algae: As Different from Each Other as They Are from You and Me

by Amanda Barry (Los Alamos National Laboratory)  … When we talk about algae, we’re really talking about a diverse group of organisms that thrive in a plethora of environments, from seawater to freshwater, from pulp mill ponds to hot springs. Some are strict phototrophs and can only use light for

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Young Farm Entrepreneurs Look at High-Biomass Sorghum and Pearl Millet for Biofuel Feedstock

(CGIAR)  The Government of India’s concerted efforts to replace 20% fossil fuels with ethanol blends by 2025 is attracting agricultural entrepreneurs to invest in renewable energy. This week, Mr Lalit Jhawar and Mr Mayank Gupta, two young IIT graduates running a profitable farming venture in Maharashtra, accompanied by biofuel experts Mr YB

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Argonne National Laboratory Releases 2021 GREET Update

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Argonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 11 announced the 2021 release of the suite of GREET models, an analytical tool that stimulates the energy use and emissions output of vehicle and fuel combinations. Major expansions and updates included in GREET 2021 include those

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL, Electric Hydrogen Partner on Renewable Hydrogen Technology

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and clean hydrogen company Electric Hydrogen have signed an agreement to develop high-performance electrolyzer components, helping to scale clean hydrogen and invent new opportunities for decarbonization. The three-year, $3.6 million collaboration will diagnose sources of degradation in commercial electrolysis cells and will

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts Keep Expanding

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Significantly increasing the use of low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol follows along different tracks. Legislatively, for example, there’s the bipartisan Clean Fuels Vehicle Act of 2021, which would provide incentives for automakers to build more flex-fuel vehicles that can run on higher blends like

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Announces More Than $146M Investment in Sustainable Agricultural Research

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an investment of more than $146 million in sustainable agricultural research projects aimed at improving a robust, resilient, climate-smart food and agricultural system. This investment is made under the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Global Energy Demand to Grow 47% by 2050, with Oil Still Top Source: US EIA

by Meghan Gordon and Maya Weber (S&P Global) …EIA expects global energy demand to increase 47% in the next 30 years, driven by population and economic growth, particularly in developing Asian countries. This will require increased oil and natural gas production, absent technological breakthroughs or significant policy changes. Liquid fuel

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $8 Million for National Laboratory H2@Scale Projects to Help Reach Hydrogen Shot Goals

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Tthe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $8 million for nine cooperative projects that will complement existing H2@Scale efforts and support DOE’s Hydrogen Shot goal to drive down the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% within the decade. The selected projects, or cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), will

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Building Trust in Sustainable Biomass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Communications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Oak Ridge National Lab’s Keith Kline’s introductory remarks at ABLC Digital, now’s your chance to check out his slide guide covering how to build public confidence and trust in the role of biomass in sustainable circular economies.  READ MORE  

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Aims at Ag Woes in $3B Package: USDA Announces Funds for African Swine Fever, Drought, Climate Program

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  … The agency announced on Wednesday plans to tap funds from the Commodity Credit Corp. as part of what USDA calls a “comprehensive investment package.” The $3 billion package is aimed at supporting drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief and purchase

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Novel Biofilm Enhanced Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Methane Production

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There are literally tons of food waste per year but biofilm can help increase hydrolysis and methanogenesis reaction rates and help solve anaerobic digestion challenges. Take a look at Argonne National Lab’s latest on how they are improving reaction kinetics to increase methane yield while reducing

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA Releases Renewable Diesel, SAF Capacity Data

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Sept. 3 for the first time released U.S. capacity data for biorefineries that produce renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha and gasoline, and “other” renewable fuels and intermediate products. As of Jan. 1, 2021, the EIA

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Iowa Anaerobic Digester Resource Guide Now Available!

(EcoEngineers)  Guide gives Iowans a glimpse into emerging RNG industry and its opportunities  — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) have spent several years talking about and exploring biogas potential in the State of Iowa. Both groups remain committed to broadening Iowa’s renewable energy base, creating new job opportunities, and

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Be a Ready Kid!

(Ready.gov) Emergencies and disasters can be scary, but there are ways to help you stay safe before, during, and even after a disaster. Here, you can play games to become a Disaster Master and learn how to build an emergency kit. You will meet our friend Pedro the Penguin, who

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Argonne Teams up with GEVO to Apply Lab’s GREET Model to Company’s Net-Zero Project

(Department of Energy/Argonne National Laboratory/EurekAlert!) Argonne’s Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model (GREET), using data provided by Gevo, is expected to yield results about its carbon footprint within a few months. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently partnered with Gevo, Inc., a Colorado-based

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Getting 35B SAF gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s SAF Approach

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest reported a few days ago on the Biden administration’s goal of reaching 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 but how do we get there? NREL shares this illuminating slide guide on how to reach

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Missouri Funding up to $1 Million in Biodiesel Infrastructure Projects DEADLINE: October 29, 2021

(Missouri Department of Agriculture/Biobased Diesel Daily) The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority announced Sept. 2 the Biofuel Infrastructure Incentive Program to increase the distribution and use of biofuels in the state of Missouri. Funds will be awarded to fuel retailers, fuel distributors, terminal companies or fleet operations that dispense,

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $464 Million in Renewable Energy Infrastructure to Help Rural Communities, Businesses and Ag Producers Build Back Better

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Projects Will Support Climate-Smart Solutions to Lower Energy Costs in 48 States and Puerto Rico —  U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Department is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure (PDF, 631 KB) and to help rural communities, agricultural producers

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Nearly $65 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Airplane and Ship Emissions

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects align with administration’s new goal of decarbonizing the aviation sector by 2050 – –  As part of a White House roundtable to launch the Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) Grand Challenge to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels. These investments will advance technologies to create replacements for petroleum fuels used in heavy-duty forms of transportation, like airplanes and

September 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Colorado Cities Fuel Fleets with RNG from WRRFs

(BioCycle Magazine)  The City of Longmont has five bays and 16 fueling positions for its current fleet of RNG-fueled collection vehicles.  — In 2018, the City of Longmont, Colorado began construction of a renewable natural gas (RNG) project at its Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) to make fuel to utilize in

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Offer a Cost-Effective Way to Lower Shipping Emissions

(Argonne National Laboratory/Tech Xplore)  Marine shipping traffic has grown steadily over the past decade—and so have the associated greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon emissions from ships grew almost 10% between 2012 and 2018, and the industry is a large consumer of petroleum fuel. Substituting biofuel could reduce the amount of greenhouse

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Breakthrough Methods Help Integrate Renewable Hydrogen with Waste Carbon Dioxide to Produce Clean Fuels, Chemicals, and More

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  … NREL is validating utility-scale hydrogen-production processes that could provide tomorrow’s clean fuels and chemical feedstocks to produce low-carbon, high-value products. New IP To Simplify Renewable Hydrogen Reactions Renewable hydrogen could fit into future low-carbon energy systems like a missing puzzle piece: It can be produced

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Applications Being Accepted for Maryland FY22 Clean Fuels Incentive Program (CFIP) DEADLINE: December 31, 2021

(Maryland Energy Administration) The program provides financial assistance for the purchase of new and converted alternative fueled fleet vehicles registered in the state of Maryland. Specifically, the program provides funding to support the incremental cost to purchase alternative fuel fleet vehicles or convert new fleet vehicles to utilize alternative fuel. Program

September 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Hurry up, Scale up: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to the U.S. DOE Agile BioFoundry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enabling biorefineries to achieve 50% reductions in time to bioprocess scale-up, as compared to the current average of 10 years, is what the U.S. Department of Energy aims to do by establishing a distributed Agile BioFoundry to productionize synthetic biology. Find out how they are

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Ag & Transportation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Nichole Fitzgerald, Program Manager, shared this short but sweet slide guide on BETO’s goals for 2021-2030 with large volumes of biomass being critical to achieving those goals, why they are looking at CO2 removal, feedstock technologies program

September 1, 2021 Read Full Article

ABPDU Celebrates a Decade of Bio-Innovation

(U.S. Department of Energy) Ten years ago, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced the opening of a brand new, 15,000-square-foot facility full of stainless steel state-of-the-art bioprocessing equipment – what we now know as the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit, or ABPDU, was officially open for business. Funded by the U.S.

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Scale-Up and Conversion: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office aims to verify integrated systems research at engineering scale for hydrocarbon biofuel technologies at mature modeled MFSP of $3.00/GGE with a minimum 50% reduction in emissions by 2022. And by 2030, build and operate 4-5 Demonstration scale

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Anchors Aweigh: Examining Biofuels for Maritime Shipping

by Tim Theiss (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A multi-laboratory team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is studying the feasibility of using energy-dense biofuels such as biocrude and bio-oil to meet new emissions regulations for cargo ships. Cargo vessels ferrying commodities around the world are powered by two-stroke

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $24 Million to Capture Carbon Emissions Directly From Air

(U.S. Department of Energy) Nine Research Projects Will Advance Cost-Effective Carbon Capture Technologies  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing and storing carbon from the air. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is an expanding field in decarbonization and a key facet of the plan to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  “Finding ways to remove and store carbon directly from

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

A Cue from Kitty Hawk: What the Wright Brothers Teach Us about Decarbonizing Flight

by Adam Bratis (National Renewable Energy Laboratory) … I recount that moment at Kitty Hawk because I believe we stand at another pivot in the rich history of aviation. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must rapidly and permanently reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) across our economy,

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Invests $26 Million in Biofuel Infrastructure to Expand Availability of Higher-Blend Renewable Fuels in 23 States

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) Projects Will Increase Availability of Biofuels by 822 Million Gallons Annually —  Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels (PDF, 177 KB) by 822

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Faster and Cheaper Ethanol-to-Jet-fuel on the Horizon

(Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) A patented process for converting alcohol sourced from renewable or industrial waste gasses into jet or diesel fuel is being scaled up at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with the help of partners at Oregon State University and the carbon-recycling experts at LanzaTech.

August 19, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government Launches Plan for a World-Leading Hydrogen Economy

(U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, and The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP) First-ever vision to kick start world-leading hydrogen economy set to support over 9,000 UK jobs and unlock £4 billion investment by 2030. consultation also launched to look at ways to

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Operational Energy from Seawater: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to U.S. Naval Research Lab

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The power of water – the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory knows what that means in many ways, but how about making fuel when and where you need it when deployed overseas or in remote island locations? Fuel at point of use translates into “Freedom of

August 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Government Supports 79 Innovative Renewable Energy Projects in the Industrial Fabric

(Government of Spain/Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE)) Linked to an investment of 162 million, they will accelerate the energy transition in the production of beer, milk, cheese, meat, fertilizers, fuels or the air conditioning of greenhouses — The beneficiaries are in the autonomous communities of Andalusia, Asturias, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha,

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Making U.S. Biomanufacturing Happen: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BioMADE

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Bioindustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and aims to propel R&D products towards commercial viability and enable U.S. domestic bioindustrial manufacturing at all scales. Get the latest on BioMADE’s work to scale-up engineered strains, partnerships to make it

August 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioenergy’s Role in Decarbonizing Economy: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO & Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biomass is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy and this slide guide from BETO’s Acting Director, Valerie Reed, highlights the role that bioenergy and biomass plays in decarbonizing the economy, worldwide SAF production projection, BETO’s strategies to accelerate demonstration and deployment and more.  READ

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Fuel for Planes, Trains, Trucks, Ships: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Sustainable Transportation Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable TransportationMichael Berube shared this slide guide at ABLC Digital on EERE’s 5 priorities, context for transportation decarbonization, low-carbon fuel for large vehicles (like planes, trains, trucks, and ships), how DOE can help enable SAF deployment, and more. READ MORE

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel and Ag Leaders Call for Accountable Life Cycle Analysis for SAF Tax Credits

(National Farmers Union) On Friday, Growth Energy, American Farm Bureau Federation, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means outlining its recommendations for

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Unlock the Power to Predict: NREL Model Benefits Biomass-to-Fuel Reactor Design

by Zia Abdullah (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers can accurately predict reaction rates and optimal conditions for making biofuels. Their secret? Complex math to sketch the intricate chemistry and physics that drive catalytic fast pyrolysis. Catalytic fast pyrolysis (CFP) reactors transform the renewable carbon in

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biogenic Carbon Fuels, Co-Processing Strategies: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Coprocessing Bio-oils in Refineries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Leveraging existing refining infrastructure leverages billions US$ in CAPEX and 5 million bpd of crude refining. NREL, PNNL, and LANL is tackling how to accelerate adoption of co-processing biomass-derived feedstocks with petroleum streams in operating petroleum refineries to produce biogenic carbon containing fuels. READ MORE

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Giving up on Climate Change? EU Says No Way – Invests $140M in Decarbonizing Projects

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The good news is for the first time since the creation of the Innovation Fund, the EU’s latest investment of €118 million (about $140 million) into 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway that can make a difference, bringing

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Better Bioblendstocks for Cleaner Diesel Vehicles

by Trevor Smith (U.S. Department of Energy) … But new fuel blendstocks from biomass and waste resources, combined with advanced engine designs, are bringing us ever closer to a vision of clean transportation. Achieving this vision is critical for meeting our nation’s renewed goals for reducing greenhouse gases in the

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

CE+P to Partner with the U.S. Joint BioEnergy Institute on Advanced Biofuels Research

(California Energy + Power/Business Wire) California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) announced today (August 3, 3021) that it is partnering with the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P’s planned sugarcane ethanol facility

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Wet Waste as Significant Net Energy Producer: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BioEnergy from Wet Wastes

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) How can anaerobic membrane bioreactors increase wet waste’s net energy yield? That’s exactly what University of Illinois scientists are working on to develop improved AnMBR and integrate it into pilot demonstration. Find out their results so far, if they were able to improve wet waste

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Fungus That Tastes Just Right: PNNL Researchers Study Plant Material in Soils that Offers Clues for Making Sustainable Bioproducts

by Allan Brettman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Discerning leaf-cutter ants know what food they like to eat. They turn up their scent-detecting antennae at some plant material in soils in favor of others that fungus has degraded just the way they like it. That’s partly because the ants helped cultivate the

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

The Rubbishing of Aviation, and the Search for Carbon-Negative Rubbish

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where I come from, rubbish is used as a verb, meaning to denigrate, and there’s been an awful lot of rubbishing going around with respect to aviation. Once, we Flew the Friendly Skies, but these days, the runways are getting surly, and when the UK government issued

July 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists to Develop CO₂-Free Fermentation Technology amid Surging Demand for Low-Carbon Biofuel

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) By Combining Electrochemistry With Fermentation, NREL’s Biorefining Process Could Both Increase Fuel Yields and Recycle Carbon Dioxide —  As much as one-third of the carbon in sugar is lost as carbon dioxide (CO2) during fermentation processes that use biomass to make renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Data that Makes a Difference: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Information Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Data – we all need it. And the Biofuels Information Center provides essential bioenergy data, information, and tools to educate stakeholders on all aspects of biofuels. Where do they get the data from? How does the data help bioenergy companies? What does the latest data

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Going Global: Expanding the Reach and Impact of GTI’s Cool LPG Technology as a Clean Fuel Alternative

(GTI) GTI is pleased to announce it has recently entered into licensing agreements with the Global LPG Partnership (GLPGP) and BioLPG, LLC (BioLPG), for GTI’s Cool LPG technology that indicates utility for decarbonizing energy systems and supplying green LPG for both the developing and developed worlds. The Cool LPG technology

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Report Predicts Job Growth in Biofuels Sector

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy on July 19 released its 2021 U.S. Energy Employment Report, which shows jobs in biobased fuels fell last year, but at a lower rate than overall job losses in the U.S. fuel sector. … Employers in the corn ethanol

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Agile BioFoundry Selects New Collaborations

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of 6 projects totaling over $5 million to conduct research and development needed to accelerate the U.S. biomanufacturing sector. As part of the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Agile BioFoundry (ABF) consortium, these projects will leverage national laboratory capabilities to address challenges in

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: The United States of America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today, the Big Kahuna (or Enchilada, if you like), the US, where actions have been lagging but ambitions growing and a refining base of scale and national

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Analysis: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Evaluating sustainable scale up of algae production systems, algal biofuels, and algal bioproducts is no easy task, but scientists at Argonne National Lab are looking into this by looking at the life cycle analysis of advanced algal systems to see just how feasible it really

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biomass to Bug Zapper: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Insecticides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Creating a sustainable, inexpensive bioinsecticide that leverages the inherent chemical functionality from thermochemical biomass conversion that can improve biofuel economics is one of National Renewable Energy Lab’s goals. Take a look at bioinsecticide production using catalytic fast pyrolysis works, bioinsecticide trends, impacts on biorefining, and

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Will Biorefineries Meet Air Quality Regulations?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Air Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can biofuels production meet federal air quality regulations? At what cost? What are the emissions across the biofuels supply chain? What are the economic and human health impacts? Are there mitigation opportunities and approaches that work?  READ MORE    

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Technical Assistance for Local Governments on Waste-to-Energy

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are pleased to announce the Phase 1 selections for the Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance for Local Governments Program.  This technical assistance program was created to mobilize national laboratory analyses and technical expertise around energy and resource

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Weather-Resistant Crops: the Bioenergy Fuel of the Future

(Bio Market Insights) …  Finding a way to increase crop yields without encroaching on either food crops or natural habitats is a novel challenge, but it is one that may soon have a solution. Researchers from Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB) are looking into biotech

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces $52.5 Million to Accelerate Progress in Clean Hydrogen

(U.S. Department of Energy) Projects Support DOE’s Recently Announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot to Lower Cost, Advance Breakthroughs for Clean Hydrogen Technology — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $52.5 million to fund 31 projects to advance next-generation clean hydrogen technologies and support DOE’s recently announced Hydrogen Energy Earthshot initiative to reduce

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Modeling for Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels De-Risking Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)Optimizing and de-risking the deployment of biomass gasification processes by implementing physics-based simulations of feed handling and transportation unit operations was NREL’s goal as they did modeling and simulations to support Red Rock Biofuels during design and build of their commercial facility. Find out more about

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

How Viable Is Bio-Oil for Marine Transport?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels for Marine Engines

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Determining the technical feasibility of using biofuels, especially bio-oils, for marine engine use, understanding the efficacy of biofuels in marine transport, looking at the impact on fuel handling systems and impact of bio-oils blended with market heavy fuel oils (HFO), is what Oak Ridge National

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Congressional Climate Camp #1: Budget, Appropriations, and Stimulus Briefing Series: Congressional Climate Camps

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is holding a Climate Camp online briefing series. We are going over the basics of the legislative process, highlighting key areas and opportunities for achieving near-term and long-term carbon reductions through policy. Our first session brought you up to speed on

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

LCA Model for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to GREET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model – aka GREET – can be used to address impacts and conduct life cycle analyses of biofuels and bioproducts. Check out Argonne National Laboratory’s BETO Peer Review presentation on how it works, why it’s

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Researchers Examine Biofuels for Maritime Shipping

(U.S. Department of Energy/Biomass Magazine) A multi-laboratory team of scientists led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory is studying the feasibility of using energy-dense biofuels such as biocrude and bio-oil to meet new emissions regulations for cargo ships. Cargo vessels ferrying commodities around the world are powered by two-stroke engines that are

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Removing Roadblocks to SAF Deployment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BioJet Opportunities

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You’ve probably seen the IATA Tech Roadmap and ICAO’s goals for aviation’s CO2 emissions to decrease, but how do we get there? Check out this illuminating slide guide from BETO’s Peer Review where Sandia National Labs shows us the opportunities, the pathways, progress and outcomes for

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass, Lipid Yield Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Algae for Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that adding plant substrate to some algae strains (not all!) can result in improved biomass and/or lipid production? That’s what Amanda Barry from Sandia National Labs reported in this slide guide on their investigation of top contender algae strains for large-scale biofuel

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Over $65 Million in Public and Private Funding to Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy)  2021 Technology Commercialization Fund Awards Connect Private-Sector Partners to DOE National Labs, Bolstering U.S. Competitiveness While Combating the Climate Crisis  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails

(NASA/PR Newswire) Cleaner-burning jet fuels made from sustainable sources can produce 50%-70% fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude, reducing aviation’s impact on the environment, according to research conducted by NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Ice crystal contrail formations can linger in the upper atmosphere for hours and affect the way

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Based Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dan Anderson from Pacific Northwest National Lab shared this illuminating slide guide at BETO’s Peer Review this year with the latest on PNNL’s work on building algae hydrothermal liquification (HTL) pathway to fuels, with the potential to meet BETO FY 2030 goal of $2.50/GGE.  READ

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Energy Department Pursues Cleaner and More Efficient Biofuel

by Tom Temin (Federal News Network) One way or another, bio-fuel will be part of the country’s energy future, especially to power ships and airplanes. That’s why the Energy Department’s ARPA-E is spending some $35 million in grant dollars to improve the efficiency of making this class of fuel. For details,

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Methane Menace: Aerial Survey Spots ‘Super-Emitter’ Landfills

by Nichola Groom (Reuters/Yahoo! Finance)  …   The survey found “super-emitter” landfills accounted for 43% the measured emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane – outpacing the fossil-fuel and agricultural sectors. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and leak-detection firm Scientific Aviation have been conducting the flyovers since 2016. They found that

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Is It Starch or Cellulose? NREL Offers Answers that Could Unlock Incentives for Making Cellulosic Ethanol

by Zia Abdullah (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Cellulosic ethanol—produced from fibrous cellulose, which gives plants strength and rigidity—offers a range of attractive benefits. When used as a vehicle fuel, it can support deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, with a carbon footprint 73% smaller than conventional gasoline. Ethanol made from cellulose can

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Reach Net Zero by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA’s Roadmap

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The International Energy Agency just released “Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, literally mapping out how the global energy sector can reach net zero by 2050 with clear milestones – more than 400 in total spanning all sectors and technologies

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 & Renewable Electricity to Improve Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL is working on decarbonization of fuels and chemicals production by looking at the integration of CO2 utilization into two existing conceptual biorefinery designs, the brutal reality of CO2 reduction, market trends, decreasing the cost of renewable electricity and utilizing CO2 to improve biorefinery carbon

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Altmaier: “Advance the International Market Ramp-up of Green Hydrogen”

(Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Energie (Google translation)) New H2Global funding instrument launched – H2Global Foundation established —  With today’s establishment of the H2Global Foundation by 16 well-known founding companies, another important milestone has been achieved for the international market ramp-up of green hydrogen. Through the H2Global Foundation, green hydrogen or derivatives are

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Avoiding the Coming Apocalypse: NREL’s Vision for Strategic Piloting and Enabling the Deployment of Bioenergy Technologies

by David J. Robichaud, Robert M. Baldwin, and Thomas D. Foust (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  …  Developing technologies are moving well beyond the traditional gasification/pyrolysis and biochemical pathways to include electrons to molecules, catalytic upgrading, electrolytic carbon capture and utilization, cell-free biology, and the list continues. Yet for all the

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

At Scale Feedstock Blending Optimization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Waste-To-Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What if we could build a biorefinery in every state and divert all 76 million dry T/y of organic wastes into transportation biofuels…forever? That’s what Pacific Northwest National Lab hopes will happen someday as they work on accelerating the adoption of promising conversion technologies. READ

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Single Gene Boosts Climate Resilience, Yield and Carbon Capture in Crops

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a single gene that simultaneously boosts plant growth and tolerance for stresses such as drought and salt, all while tackling the root cause of climate change by enabling plants to pull more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. As climate

June 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass Supply Chain Risk Standards: A National Standard of Canada

(Ecostrat) After years of hard work, the Biomass Supply Chain Risk Standards have become an official Canadian standard published by CSA Group. “A new National Standard of Canada, CSA W209:21, Biomass supply chain risk, will enable capital markets to quantify bio-feedstock risk more accurately. This will help reduce the level

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste-To-Energy Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Production Potential

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out this NREL slide guide covering their latest work on waste-to-energy resources, municipal solid waste (MSW) streams available for bioenergy conversions, and the latest data and analyses on WTE projects. From food waste management pathways, wood waste, management cost and policy structures. READ MORE

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Visit the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) in 3D Tour

The Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) is a bioprocess scale-up facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that enables early-stage advanced biofuels and bioproducts to successfully scale from the lab to commercial relevance. A new 3D virtual walkthrough of the ABPDU allows visitors from anywhere in the world to

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Liquefaction

by John Holladay and Zia Haq (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and U.S. DOE, Bioenergy Technologies Office) In November 2020, PNNL facilitated an international workshop on HTL for SAF production. Present an overview of findings • Quick overview of HTL • Details from the workshop – research opportunities • Examples of

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

by Susan Bauer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  California hydrogen fueling stations could soon benefit from lower cost approach —  A new technology that generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass, could be the next big thing to advance California’s Hydrogen Highway, fuel cell vehicles and

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuels and Products from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Waste Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wet waste, municipal sludge residuals, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats/oils/greases – all things we used to throw away, but now can be converted into valuable bioproducts. Check out this illuminating slide guide on BETO’s strategy on organic waste, the problems it solves, converting these

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Denmark, Norway, and the United States to Lead Zero-Emission Shipping Mission

(U.S. Department of Energy) The governments of Denmark, Norway, and the United States, along with the Global Maritime Forum and the Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, today announced that they will lead a new Zero-Emission Shipping Mission as part of Mission Innovation. The Mission aims to accelerate international public-private

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Crossing the Pond: The European Commission Is Partnering with Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst DEADLINE June 30, 2021

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The European Commission is partnering with Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to finance climate technology development as the continent aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The partnership plans to tap into $1 billion from 2022-2026 in new investments for projects centered in green hydrogen,

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

WANTED: Unpublished and Underused Bioenergy Technology Data

(U.S. Department of Energy) Do you know of existing bioenergy technology data that aren’t Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, or Reusable (FAIR)? Could these data help accelerate the bioeconomy? The Accelerating Bioenergy Technology Advancement Through FAIR Data Delivery project is working to identify, acquire, and develop data and documentation, and publish presently unavailable or inaccessible bioenergy technology data that

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

CCAP Community Need Engagement

(Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) CCAP (Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa) is one of the world’s leading and oldest algal collection, supporting national and international ecological, environmental and biotechnology research and providing education and training to many scientists and policy makers https://www.ccap.ac.uk/. We provide 100’s samples to scientists each

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Miscanthus Energy Crop Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Miscanthus

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Perennial grass miscanthus as an energy crop has advanced into high biomass yielding varieties and NC State University is working with Novozymes, Iogen and Oak Ridge National Lab on evaluating new miscanthus varieties and improving sustainability within the overall miscanthus biomass supply chain.  READ MORE

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Sorghum the Solution?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Bioenergy Crops

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Everyone wants to reduce the price of biofuels – and a team from Texas A&M, USDA, AgriLife Research, Mississippi State University and others are working on improving the economics and environmental sustainability of biomass sorghum and energycane production in the southeast U.S. Find out how,

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

What Has Productivity 4X as Dense as Corn?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Algal Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Why algae? With biofuel yield 8-13 times larger than corn, well, why not! We took key slides from the 100+ slide deck from this year’s U.S. DOE BETO presentation on the latest goings ons with algae, program goals, portfolio and projects, progress, future plans, and

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Directed Funding Opportunity for Biomass Compositional Analysis DEADLINE: June 18, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is offering directed funding assistance for industry and universities interested in leveraging NREL’s unique biomass compositional analysis capabilities. Eligibility All U.S. companies and universities are eligible to apply for this directed funding opportunity (DFO). Foreign companies

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its 2021 Project Peer Review virtually on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Presentations for all sessions can be found in the searchable database below. For more information, including a complete schedule, view the 2021 Project Peer Review Agenda.

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Switching to Switchgrass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Next-Gen Feedstocks in Midwest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bioenergy switchgrass feedstock – can it be the next-generation feedstock we’ve been looking for in the Midwest? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking at perennial bioenergy feedstock production on marginal croplands across geographic locations in the Midwest. What did they find? What had the highest-yield?

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Granholm Discusses DOE’s View of Biofuels during Budget Hearing

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm briefly discussed how biofuels will into the U.S. Department of Energy’s priorities under the Biden administration during a House Committee on Appropriations hearing on May 6. The hearing was held by the Subcommittee on Energy Water Development and Related Agencies to

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Invests $35 Million to Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (May 14, 2021) announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Next-Gen Logistics and Blending: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Feedstock Logistics Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This U.S. Department of Energy BETO project’s biomass blend concept will allow biorefineries to utilize a much larger proportion of the land within their procurement radius, thereby enabling larger scale, more economically feasible facilities to be constructed and operated. Find out their approach, impact, progress

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Accelerating Biofuels Depolyment: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-Optima’s Bioblendstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With all the talk lately of gas prices and shortages due to the Texas freeze earlier this year, it’s good to see lots of research and innovation coming with better bioblendstocks for our vehicles. Check out this illuminating slide guide from the 2021 BETO Project

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Selects Four Projects to Move Co-Optimized Biofuels and Combustion Engines Closer to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied research and development concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

The Co-Optima FY20 Year in Review Spotlights Recent Engine and Fuel Innovations.

(U.S. Department of Energy) A report released this week highlights the most significant breakthroughs of the last year in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, with details on findings that could translate into significant greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions reductions. The collaborative research undertaking has brought

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

American Coalition for Ethanol Commends Scientists For Evidence Ethanol Must Be Part Of The Climate Solution

(American Coalition for Ethanol/GrainNet)  American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) welcomed more scientifically credible evidence provided by Department of Energy Argonne National Lab scientists that explicitly states, “Corn ethanol plays an important role in enhancing energy security and the rural economy while contributing to decarbonizing the transportation sector in the USA.” The new study

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Interested in Becoming a BETO Project Reviewer?

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) relies on subject matter experts to review applications for federal funding opportunities and active projects. BETO is looking for skill sets including, but not limited to: Chemical Engineering Process Engineering Process Scale-up Chemical production Petrochemical Refining Thermochemical

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

10 Years of the LCFS: Ethanol Leads the Way as California Climate Solution

(Renewable Fuels Association) A new Renewable Fuels Association white paper looks at how, for the past decade, ethanol has been the go-to fuel to decarbonize transportation in the Golden State. The use of ethanol under California’s low-carbon fuel standard has generated over a third of the state’s greenhouse gas savings since implementation of

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA: New Analysis from DOE Researchers Confirms Ethanol’s Low-Carbon Benefits

(Renewable Fuels Association) The carbon footprint of corn ethanol shrunk by 23% between 2005 and 2019 as farmers and ethanol producers adopted new technologies and improved efficiency, according to a new analysis published in the academic journal Biofuels Bioproducts and Biorefining by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. By 2019,

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

EU to Launch Carbon Farming Framework by End-2021 Following Two-Year Study

by Jack Ellis (Ag Funder News) The European Commission – the executive branch of the EU administration which is responsible for proposing bloc-wide legislation – has published the findings of its two-year study into creating a “carbon farming” framework for the EU. The Commission said it is aiming to launch an EU carbon

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Three Big Trends in the Carbon Marketplace

by Rhonda Brooks (Farm Journal AgWeb) Agriculture has the potential to play a big role in carbon sequestration. — As U.S. farmers evaluate carbon market opportunities available today, most have more questions than answers. “Farmers aren’t ready to jump in, because it’s the wild, wild west out there,” says Iowa farmer

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 18: Plastic Upcycling

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) It is estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year – most of it non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. With more and more plastic accumulating on land and in oceans, there is a desperate need for technologies that may utilize, consume or completely

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

BETO’s Bioenergy Data Workshop: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s EnergyEfficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released the workshop summary report from the virtual event they hosted last summer that discussed how to collect and valorize underused bioenergy datasets and associated knowledge, with the goal of

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Visits New Hope to Push for Biofuels Legislation

by Delane Cleveland  (CCX Media) … Now Governor Walz is looking to help the ethanol producers by urging state lawmakers to pass new grant funding to help gas stations dispense a wider variety of ethanol blends. In the process, the governor says it would also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions “It’s

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government to Provide £15 Million in Funding to Support Early-Stage Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Projects DEADLINE: May 31, 2021

(GreenAir Online) The UK government has launched a £15 million ($21m) ‘Green Fuels, Green Skies’ competition to support early-stage development of UK sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants with grant funding. Specifically targeted are projects undergoing a front end engineering design (FEED) stage in their development lifecycle and will prioritise those projects

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA Releases First Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration on March 31 issued the first edition of its monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update, reporting that 20.431 billion gallons of operable U.S. biofuel production capacity was in place as of January. More than 24.657 billion pounds of feedstock was used

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biocrude Passes the 2,000-hour Catalyst Stability Test

by Karyn Hede (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Sewage and food waste biocrude conversion process reaches major milestone — A large-scale demonstration converting biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness. Scientists and engineers led by the U.S. Department

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Energy Information Administration to Release New Monthly Biofuels Data

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced today that it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report—the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update. On March 31, 2021, EIA plans to publish the first edition of this report, which will contain January 2021 data. EIA will

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Feedstock Development, Production, Management: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Feedstock Innovations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From switchgrass, sorghum or sugarcane, feedstock development, genomics, and crops improvement abound with USDA’s help at the Biomass Research Center. Rob Mitchell, Research Leader and Research Agronomist at USDA ARS, shares all about the latest ethanol and biofuel feedstock innovations in Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, South

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

EPA Reboots Climate Change Website

(Environmental Protection Agency) As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to action on climate change and restoring science, EPA is taking the first step in a relaunch of its climate change website. For the first time in four years, EPA now has a webpage to guide the public to a range

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE-U.S. Government to Expand Biofuels Forecasts as Renewable Diesel Sector Grows

by Karl Plume and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters / NASDAQ) The U.S. departments of agriculture and energy plan to change two closely watched monthly reports to account for the rapid growth of renewable diesel, a clean burning fuel made from soy and other fats and oils, officials told Reuters. Surging demand for

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Refugees in Sudan Reap Benefits of Clean Cooking Energy

by Sylvia Nabanoba and Vanessa Zola (UNHCR) A switch to ethanol reduces risky trips in search of firewood, slows reforestation and creates healthier home environments for refugees in White Nile state.  —  The glow from a matchstick lights up Alisa Deng’s face as she ignites her new ethanol cooking stove. The

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Challenge the CRP Status Quo to Mitigate Fossil Fuels

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment/Phys.Org)  … (A)llocating CRP land for high-yielding energy biomass might eliminate the need for bioenergy crops and food crops to vie for space. A team led by CABBI Sustainability Theme Leader Madhu Khanna and Ph.D. student Luoye Chen developed an

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Are Turning Kitchen Waste into Biofuels

by Steven Ashby (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Phys.Org) When we eat, our bodies convert food into energy that fuels our lives. But what happens to the energy stored in the 80 billion pounds of food thrown away annually in America? As part of advancing sustainable energy solutions, scientists at the Department of

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

8 Key Federal Resources Supporting Anaerobic Digestion

by Bill Hagy (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./ Biofuels Digest)  … One of President Biden’s Clean Energy initiatives includes partnering with farmers, ranchers and businesses engaged in livestock production to implement environmentally sound agriculture practices and deploy methane digesters that generate new sources of energy and revenue. … Anaerobic digesters convert livestock waste into

February 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Lighting the Path to Net Zero: NREL’s Strategy Drives Deep Transportation Decarbonization

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) From Passenger Cars to Commercial Trucks, Aircraft, Marine, Rail, and Mobility Systems, NREL’s Whole-System Approach Ensures a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Climate Future — The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Agriculture Innovation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Increase agricultural production while decreasing environmental footprint – that’s the goal in a nuthsell, but check out this slide guide on 5 key USDA themes, USDA’s latest innovation contributions like a new sustainable diesel fuel additive modified from Tung Oil, a guayule plant concept tire,

February 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop Summary Report

(U.S. Deprtment of Energy) The Advancing the Bioeconomy: From Waste to Conversion-Ready Feedstocks Workshop, coordinated by the Bioenergy Technologies Office, gathered experts in the fields of waste management, solid materials handling, and biofuel and bioproduct development and production to give presentations. The workshop explored the potential of using the various

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Building the Evidence on Corn Ethanol’s Greenhouse Gas Profile

by Jan Lewandrowski (US Department of Agriculture) Over the past two decades, the demand for renewable fuels — including corn-based ethanol — has helped drive a strong domestic market for corn, and supported rural America by generating jobs (PDF, 1.5 MB). New research is confirming that corn ethanol also has more greenhouse gas

February 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Innovations in Bioprocess Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA’s Bruce Dien shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 focusing on the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois and recent success of NCAUR research. From biorefineries, advanced ethanol and biobutanol, biomass related research in corn, pennycress, napiergrass, cellulosic biofuels, fermentation,

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

February 11, 2021 Read Full Article

EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2021 Explores the Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Energy Mix through 2050

(U.S. Department of Energy) The United States will likely take years to return to 2019 levels of energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions following the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy and global energy sector, according to projections in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021).

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical, Deacetylation and Mechanical Refining Process: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Biomass Deconstruction

What does an ideal biomass deconstruction process need? Find out in this illuminating slide guide from Xiaowen Chen, Senior Chemical Engineer in the Catalytic Carbon Transformation and Scale-up Center at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Also take a peek into NREL’s deacetylation and mechanical refining process, how it improves fermentation yields,

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

A Force Multiplier for Bio-Investment in Federal Opportunity Zones: The BDOZ Initiative

by Jordan Solomon (Ecostrat Inc./Biofuels Digest) Fifty-two million Americans live in economically distressed communities—many of which are in rural areas. These communities are plagued by a lack of investment capital. In 2017, the US government launched the largest tax incentive program in the history of the US to change that dynamic:

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Can This Unlikely Duo Revive Rural America and Help the Planet? Joe Biden and Tom Vilsack Plan to Take Swift Action on Climate Change Proposals.

by Art Cullen (Storm Lake Times/New York Times)  … Few took carbon sequestration seriously during his previous tenure, a time when “resilient agriculture” had not yet entered the vernacular. But the fundamental conversation in the corridors of power and along gravel roads has changed. Extreme weather, a pandemic jolt to

January 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Planting Crops — and Carbon, Too

by Gabriel Popkin (Washington Post)  President Biden says farmers can adopt agricultural methods that help fight climate change. Maryland farmer Trey Hill has been trying. … As the winter cover crops grow, they will feed microbes and improve the soil’s health, which Hill believes will eventually translate into higher yields of

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Reports Sustainability Benchmarks for Plastics Recycling and Redesign

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) Researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability with a focus on reduction in vessel and port air emissions. One

January 22, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Official Release of the MOVES3 Motor Vehicle Emissions Model for SIPs and Transportation Conformity

(Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of the  (MOVES3) for official purposes outside of California. MOVES3 is the latest state-of-the art upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools for estimating emissions from cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles based on the latest data and regulations. MOVES3

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning in Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Barriers abound in the bioeconomy, but this slide guide from Idaho National Lab shows how artificial intelligence and machine learning will lower the barriers to growing a bioeconomy. From biomass supply and logistics to preprocessing and conversion, AI and ML has many applications that can

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL’s Latest on Bio-oils Corrosion and Degradation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oak Ridge National Laboratory is conducting studies for BETO to identify better materials for raw biomass processing, biomass liquefaction, and bio-oil storage. From how important alloy selection is to working on materials issues with developers of new biomass processing systems, check out this slide guide

January 11, 2021 Read Full Article

ORNL: Co-Optima Research Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Biomass Magazine) As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels Need Cost-Effective Separations Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioprocessing Separations Consortium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four critical challenges in biochemical and thermochemical processing were addressed in the just released “Bioprocessing Separations Consortium Three-Year Overview” U.S. BETO report, including targeting the fractionation of lignin to enable valorization; Developing technologies to enable process intensification to cut bioprocessing capital costs and make processes

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Shows Rapid Expansion of US RNG Industry

(Energy Vision / Biomass Magazine) Sustainable energy NGO Energy Vision has released its most recent joint assessment of the U.S. renewable natural gas (RNG) industry, performed on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. The assessment, which consists of a database of current and projected RNG projects, shows

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Changing the Retail Landscape for Higher Blends

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Fuel retailers are beginning to implement a wide range of infrastructure projects across the country. This comes as USDA’s new Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program is being fully implemented, something farmers and the ethanol industry played an instrumental role in helping to make

December 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Properties vs. Chemistry: Co-Optima Research Determines Predictor of Fuel Performance, Develops Roadmap for Biofuels Design

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  As Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s fuel properties technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Co-Optimization of Fuel and Engines, or Co-Optima, initiative, Jim Szybist has been on a quest for the past few years to identify the most significant indicators for predicting how a fuel

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

ORNL Joins Effort to Make Plastic More Recyclable

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  From soda bottles to car bumpers to piping, electronics, and packaging, plastics have become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Advancements in materials have made plastics low cost, flexible, hygienic, lightweight, durable and readily available. While some plastics are recyclable, only a fraction — about 8.4% nationally

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone

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Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The U.S. Department of Energy and Next Rung Technology shared this illuminating slide guide on the creation, valorization and disposition of bioenergy data assets. By looking at data types, data assets, checking back in on bioenergy technology life cycles, and more, we can get a

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